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The answers are in italics. Step 1. Identify the plant: I looked at redbud on the NC State Extension Plant Finder. I have also checked out some gardening books that I own and I have a Cercis canadensis tree. Step 2. Describe the problem: Blackheads started appearing three weeks ago and are spreading rapidly. The tree looks very sick. What does the healthy part of the plant look like? Bright green, lush leaves, without spots. What does the unhealthy part of the plant look like? The leaves have between 3 and 20 black dots. The leaves turn yellow or brown and fall. Have you done a soil test? No (information on how to submit a soil test, see "Plant Nutrients and Nutrients", Chapter 1). Age and history of the plant: He was in the grouFor three years and over the last two years, it has decreased.

If you own a home, you probably did some landscaping. You probably have a lawn, and maybe some trees, shrubs or a garden. You also probably have a fence around all or part of your property. Did you know that these items can be covered by your home insurance policy? How much does it cost to replace a tree struck by lightning, or even simply to remove the debris from your garden? This can be very expensive and it's not what most of us think before it happens.

Stone steps and offset pavers provide a structure and allow the garden to reveal itself in an interesting way. "It's not just the interior of your home that deserves elegant touches," says Bunny Williams. Celebrate your arrival by unfurling the red carpet for yourself - or at least a pair of oversized planters. Large leafy plants make an eye catching garden by the entrance door e from a New York home. The imposing cypresses of a house in Corona del Mar are reminiscent of Tuscan landscapes. In this house in Corona del Mar, landscaper Margaret Carole McElwee has created a lush garden with hedges of boxwood, lavender, ficus and cypresses.

The main environmental impact related to the stone is the energy minière and transport. Repurposing bricks or broken concrete from your old patio can reduce the mining activity. Choose wood that is labeled from sustainable wood production and (with the exception of wood that touches the ground) wood that is not chemically treated. For more information on certification, visit the Forest Stewardship Council website at The best wood is naturally sustainable hardwoods from a source as close to the site as possible. If pre-treated wood is needed, use treated wood with low VOC paints, dyes and preservatives.

Evergreen tree-shaped shrubs are also useful, such as yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), camellia (Camellia japonica), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), or myrtle wax (Myrica cerifera). When selecting trees or shrubs to frame a front entry, consider the texture, color, shape and size of each plant at maturity. The goal is to improve the overall visual effect while not blocking doors or windows or creating future maintenance problems from the root systems of plants or branches and the foliage.

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